Interview: why I am against new #Iran sanctions

Don’t get me wrong, I think sanctions have worked so far. As I mentioned in my commentary piece for the Guardian in April 2013, they have forced the Iranian regime to change its stance. This is one of the main reasons why the regime changed course and allowed the Iranian government to show compromise at the nuclear talks.

But new sanctions while the talks or continuing? or passing sanctions which kick into effect if the talks fail, while we are holding nuclear negotiations with Iran? I am against them. We should wait until the deadline for the current talks, which is at the end of June 2015. We can wait that long.

I explained them in my latest interview with NPR. The audio file contains more of my comments than the text version.

You can listen to it here.

#Iran Fashion Renaissance: VICE Reports

So what does a fashion show in a country ruled by religious conservatives look like?

What does fashion in post revolution Iran even mean?

How does the Iranian government which tries to control what women wear come up with its own fashion for women?

These are some of the topics addressed in this interesting report by VICE which was filmed in Iran. Highly recommended.